Archive for September, 2015

It might not cross your mind at the time you are buying your car, but one of the most important aspects of car ownership is resale value. This is because at time if selling, a car can be worth thousands of dollars more if it holds its resale value compared to one that doesn’t. Below are some tips that keep your car’s value, guaranteeing that you will get the highest resale price possible:

Good Car Maintenance and Keep Service Records

You can give the next owner of your car peace of mind by keeping your car well maintained and keep all service records safe and handy. When you give them to the buyer they will know you maintained your car in good condition and you have the paperwork to prove it. Keeping your service records will help you to vouch for any work you did to the car.

Fix Dents, Dings and Scratches

Numerus dents, dings and scratches if a red flag to the new owner that the car was not well maintained. If they didn’t take care when driving or parking in tight spots, you can safely assume that they didn’t do routine service or any kind of other maintenance in a timely manner. It isn’t expensive to fix dents, dings and scratches and it is highly recommended to do so prior to selling your car.

Wash Your Car Often

Although it might be an inconvenience, washing your car often is a great way to maintain its value. Grime, dust and dirt tends to accumulate on unwashed vehicles. With time this can wear the paint away and cause the interior to fade. So if you want to keep the resale value of your car high, wash it regularly to keep it looking good.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Owning a car can be annoying at times. It begins with the back window not working, and then the taillight blows. After that the hubcap falls off. Most car owners might ignore these minor problems, but we recommend that you don’t.

Minor problems have a tendency to snowball and it will turn off potential buyers. If you have a car that is popular, a potential buyer could easily look elsewhere to find another car that doesn’t require as much work. This is why we at Chapman Las Vegas suggest fixing the small issues as they arise so that your car maintains its great condition.

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Long Lonesome Highway Needs Fun Gadgets

If you’ve ever driven across the desert or the vast stretches of open plains in the middle of the country, you know that looking at the same picture out your windshield can get tedious after a few hours. Luckily for you, there are entire industries that sell car accessories to make the journey safer and much more interesting. Music is the most common way to provide entertainment on a trip. The Griffin iTrip with Auto Pilot only costs about $40 and lets you control your Spotify music with the touch of a button. Plug it into your cigarette lighter and iPhone to skip tracks, pause or play your favorite tunes. This also works with apps like Pandora and iTunes. Check out the accessories department in your Chapman Las Vegas dealerships for other cool gadgets to help control your music.

Record Your Trip From the Front and Rear

The Lukas LK9700 Duo Dashcam not only provides a steady stream of recording for the front of your vehicle, but also for the rear. You can record onto either an SD card or MicroSD car, which is great for capturing memories or details in the case of an accident. A GPS chip allows you to mark the videos with the current speed, date and location, should you need that data.

Put Bluetooth in an Older Vehicle

Bluetooth connectivity is becoming standard in most newer vehicles, but if you drive a car that’s a few years old, chances are you’re out of luck. The new Nyrius Songo Portable adapter plugs into the auxiliary port of your radios and streams music from your phone or MP3 player using apps such as Spotify or iTunes. It either runs on batteries or you can power it as you go using a microUSB adapter. Of course, if your vehicle is getting up in miles, now is the perfect time to pick out a new model at any of the Chapman Las Vegas dealerships. The 2016 models are coming in, so the 2015 vehicles need to go and are priced accordingly.

Boost Your Cell Signal With This Adapter

Those lonesome stretches of remote highway can make it difficult to pick up a cellular signal. The WeBoost Drive 4G-X Cellular Signal Booster can up your reception by as much as 60 percent. A magnetic antenna attaches to the roof of your car (or trunk if you have a convertible). A cable then goes to the booster inside the car. This works with any cell-phone carrier.

Speedy cars don’t have to be gas guzzlers. Car makers understand that drivers have many different tastes, and creating a vehicle which is a jack-of-all trades is a good strategy to satisfy everybody driving. This is why there are so many really fast cars that are also highly fuel efficient.

At Chapman Las Vegas, you have quite the selection of vehicles that are very fast while being eco-friendly. Here are the 4 fastest cars that reached 30 mpg or more according to Motor Trend along with some useful details.

1. Toyota Camry V6

When you think of a Camry, you usually think of a well-rounded, affordable, reliable midsize sedan. But it does have some speed too, even as a favored family car. But with the V6, you get a 3.5-liter engine that spits out 268 hp, a big step up from the 4-cylinder model. It can do the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 6 seconds. Fuel efficiency tops out at 31 mpg highway and 21 mpg city, which is great for a V6.

2. Audi A6 TDI

The A6 has never been categorized as being slow. It is usually described as powerful, fierce, and fast while being luxurious. When you go from gas to diesel the same description doesn’t hold true. However the supercharged A6 TDI with a V6 turbodiesel is a unique and amazing exception. Drivers get an EPS fuel economy estimate of 25 mpg city and 38 mpg highway and will do 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, as per Motor Trend.

3. Audi S3

You still get power and fuel efficiency with the Audi S3, if you are not ready to use diesel or switch to a hybrid. In the sports sedan segment this car rules. With AWD, snappy handling and a powerful 292 hp engine along with great looks, this car is the perfect choice for the family driver who still wants an energetic ride. The fuel economy is a great bonus. The turbocharge gets 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg highway.

4. Porsche Boxster

There is no rival for this roadster when it comes to power and fuel efficiency. You also get the magnificent beauty of a Porsche and a fuel economy of 30 mpg highway. The Boxster didn’t reach #1 on U.S. News & World Report for luxury sports car on just fuel economy. The 6-cylinder 2.7-liter engines rockets the Boxster from 0 to 60 in a mere 4 seconds. As usual with a Porsche, drivers also get to enjoy sharp turns and amazing handling.

In recent decades, antique cars have become a popular investment, however with the unsteady overall economy has made investors think twice about this kind of investment. Collectible antique cars usually keep their value better compared to other collectibles and are a great option to gold or diamond investments. To get the most out of this investment, you will need to learn as much as possible about how to collect antique cars.

Why Are Antique Cars A Great Investment?

When you invest in antique cars, you are investing in more than just the nominal value. Classic cars also retain aesthetic and historical value, this means with time their value usually increases. For instance, John Lennon’s famous custom made antique Rolls Royce sold in 1982 for $2.3 million. But not all antique cars are worth millions of dollars.

There are quite a number of anonymous as well as reasonably priced classic cars available from Chapman Las Vegas like Corvettes, Chevys, Plymouths, Pontiacs and Fords. Unlike investments like gold and other monetary investments, with Antique classic cars you can actually enjoy the investment by driving it around instead of keeping it in a vault.

Research Is Vital

You have to do your homework before the final purchase to make sure the antique car you are investing in is worth it. For a car to be considered an antique, it has to be at least 100 years old as per the Classic Car Club of America. But in practical terms, most people consider cars over 40 years old as antiques. If you are searching for cars on sites like eBay, you can also use the search term “vintage” when looking for cars that are at least a few decades old. Some car sellers use the words vintage and antiques interchangeably. Be sure you understand which category the model of car falls into.

Research Tips

There are quite a number of different kinds of antique cars that are worth an investment, it might be better to focus on one category of classic cars. For instance, you might want to specialize in antique cars dating back to the pre-war era or maybe convertibles from the Flower Power period during the 60s. By specializing, you give yourself an advantage in your segment of investing in antique cars. You also have to keep an eye on trends in the market. Know when auctions of your particular segment are taking place, that way you can decide if a classic car in your segment is worth the investment.

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Full Electric Vehicles Offering Best Value

While used car prices overall are up to record levels, the market for electric and hybrid vehicles is weakening just a bit. While this can be bad news for your trade-in, it’s very good news for consumers who are looking to enter the alternative fuel market with their first EV or hybrid. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) reports that trade-ins of 2-year-old EVs and hybrids have dropped to a low point in the last few months. EVs have suffered the biggest hit, with vehicles selling for around $10,000 despite only having a little more than 20,000 miles on the odometer. Even though EVs are traditionally higher-priced as new vehicles than hybrids, they do not hold their resale value as well. Analysts surmise that consumers balk at the limited range of an EV compared to the ability to drive a hybrid as far as a conventional gas vehicle. The Chapman Las Vegas dealers organization has plenty of good used EVs and hybrids ready to sell.

“Used EV demand continues to be hampered by range and technology concerns,” according to the NADA report. “Many 3-year-old EVs are now nearing or already to the point where they are no longer covered by their respective manufacturer’s basic warranty due to age or actual mileage accrual.”

Low Gas Prices Help Drive Down Price

The continued availability of affordable gas has helped drive down the price of alternative fuel vehicles. The initial additional cost of purchasing a hybrid or EV is difficult to make up in a reasonable period of time when gas continues to hover just above $2 a gallon. With many compact vehicles offering 40 miles to the gallon, consumers have a hard time justifying the additional cost of an alternative fuel vehicle. The fact that new car buyers can also get a big tax break, while used car buyers do not, is another factor hurting the prices of used EVs and hybrids.

Battery Warranty Usually 8 Years or 100,000 Miles

Consumers who really want to address environmental concerns and reap the benefits of driving an alternative fuel vehicle should be aware that the main part of these vehicles, the battery pack, are usually covered long after a standard bumper to bumper warranty. This means if you can pick up an EV or hybrid for a good price, chances are you’ll be ready to move on to another vehicle long before the battery pack fails. Check out the EV and hybrid inventory at your Chapman Las Vegas dealerships.